David Moyes has reiterated his belief that his time at Manchester United would have been a success if the club had secured his main transfer targets.
The Scot name-dropped Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas, who, at that point, played for FC Barcelona but went onto Chelsea.
Moyes was sacked nine months into his tenure having dragged Man United down to seventh in the Premier League and failed to win a domestic cup.
“Things would have been a lot different if we had landed our main transfer targets,” Moyes said.
“We were in for Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas. They were genuine targets, but for one reason or another we didn’t get them over the line. Getting them would have been the perfect start in terms of reshaping the squad I inherited.
“Having said that, I accept totally that when you are manager of Manchester United, you have to win. I didn’t win enough. But I don’t think there is a manager out there who would have been able to do something better or quicker in the time I was given after Sir Alex retired. It was all about small margins.”
Signing Bale or Fabregas, or both, would have dramatically transformed a United side severely lacking penetration and creativity.
However, Moyes was given the job in May, and it became clear those targets, and others such as Toni Kroos and Thiago Alcantara, were not attainable fairly early in the transfer window.
Even after the start of the season, Moyes only signed Marouane Fellaini, and the club overpaid for the Belgian due to his release clause at Everton expiring at the end of July.
It was a pathetic transfer window, but part of the fault for that lies at the feet of Moyes. The fault for the terrible season that followed certainly lies at the feet of Moyes, who has continually made his excuses for the shocking football on show and the results that matched the dull performances.
There were moments where United fans were drawn in, such as a 5-1 victory against Bayer Leverkusen, but realistically very few Reds were saddened to see the Scot sacked, it was a relief.